Historic site and monument

La cathédrale Sainte-Cécile

Sainte-Cécile, the largest brick cathedral in the world imposes the appearance of a fortified castle and offers whoever pushes the door a striking collection of paintings, sculptures, statuary. 1st visited tourist site in the Episcopal City (UNESCO)
Albi Cathedral has the largest painted surface:
18 m² of frescoes and decorations make it the largest painted cathedral in Europe. It reads like an illustrated Bible.
Take the time to observe the colors, geometric patterns and trompe l'oeil sometimes introducing a note of humor. Follow the pillars with your gaze, raise your head towards the vault and appreciate the Italian Renaissance style decorations on a deep blue background, of mineral origin, created in 3 years of work (1509/1512). It is under the great organ that the oldest representation of the Last Judgment from the 200th century is held. It offers a fabulous comic strip where Heaven, Earth and Hell are depicted on more than 2 m7 of surface area. In the lower part, the punishments for the XNUMX deadly sins do not go unnoticed: it's up to you, try to recognize them... According to visitors, the interior of this cathedral leaves you speechless!

Another particularity of the cathedral: one of the last rood screens in France, this fence, made of finely chiseled limestone in Albi, divides the space into two parts, one formerly dedicated to the Bishop and the chapter. To see the polychrome statuary.

Treasury rooms
Further information) :
Free entrance to the choir for the person with a disability and for their companion.

Parking spaces adapted for people with reduced mobility:
– several suitable spaces are located in the upper part of the Cathedral car park
– Behind the cathedral, along the cathedral wall rue de la Maîtrise / Place Monseigneur Mignot. To access it, visitors with disabilities must report to cathedral staff in order to obtain a remote control to lower the traffic bollard limiting access to these places.
Tips and Suggestions

Partner Albi City Pass: Entrance included – entry to the Grand Choir is included in the City Pass and for a complete discovery of the cathedral, the audio guide is provided for the visit

We speak: English, Spanish


  • Religious Heritage
  • Cathedral
  • Organ



Suitable for: Reception of school groups, Special family with children, Reception of groups

Audio guide language(s)

German, English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch


Opening hours from January 01 to December 31, 2024
MondayOpen from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
TuesdayOpen from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
WednesdayOpen from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
ThursdayOpen from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
FridayOpen from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
SaturdayOpen from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
SundayOpen from 13 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Paid access Grand Choir and Treasure Rooms
No visits during the celebrations


Full price

6 €-
Reduced price
5 €-
Family package
5 €-
Free visit of the nave for adults and children: Free.
Only the Grand Choeur and the Trésor are chargeable
With Albi City pass, skip the line ticket: Grand Choir + Trésor
Free for children under 14 years)

Payment methods

  • Cheque
  • Cash



  • Show room
  • Parking nearby


  • Shop
  • Guided tours

Activities on site

  • Concert

Home animals

Pets are not accepted

Adapted tourism

Adapted service: Independent wheelchair accessible, Reserved place for disabled people, Clear circulation area, Possibility of dropping someone off in front of the site, Non-glare lighting throughout the site, Visitor assistance devices, Presence of zones sitting or sitting-standing

Hearing impairment

For the hearing impaired, an audio guide (with sound amplification) is available at the entrance to the cathedral choir.

Physical disability

Visitors will be able to discover the building thanks to an access adapted for people with reduced mobility at the level of the North entrance of the cathedral (on the other side of the cathedral). We recommend that you access this entrance by the Place de la Trébaille then that of Monseigneur Mignot in order to avoid any difference in height.

Visual impairment

An audio commentary adapted for the visually impaired or blind is available via your smartphone. These comments are made in collaboration with the association of Tarn guides (AGIT) and the town hall of Albi. The document for each site is available on our website and at the reception of the tourist office.

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On the spot…


Place Sainte-Cécile
81000 Albi
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